Zoloft - does it negatively affect concentration?

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   Posted 11/12/2012 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!

I'm considering getting off my anxiety medication, Zoloft, because I think it's affecting my concentration.

Background: I've been on Zoloft since February 2012. Before going on Zoloft, I was going through a lot of life changes (new city, horrible job, no friends) and was depressed. My anxiety from all of this was affecting me everywhere I went (I would even have trouble speaking to the cash register attendant at a grocery store because of it!) I went on Zoloft last February and noticed a drastic change in my anxiety for the better. It took off the edge immediately. Separately, I also made a lot of life changes. I moved back to my hometown, changed career fields, rebuilt relationships with friends/family, dated a few people and have become a much happier person.

Although I have changed my life situation for the MUCH better and am no longer depressed, I have stayed on Zoloft because it really takes the edge out of social situations and makes me more sociable. I enjoy the relaxation of it -- HOWEVER (this is where the problem comes in) -- my concentration is now absolutely trashed. I don't retain any information by reading. This is a problem because I'm attempting to study to go back to school! My thing is, I don't know if Zoloft and the concentration problem are correlated - has anyone else had issues with this?

I think it's worth me trying to wean myself off the Zoloft to see if it helps my concentration, but I'm nervous! I don't want to lose my "relaxation edge" (lol ). Any advice? cool

Thanks! :-)

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 11/13/2012 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi rmm and welcome!

I am sorry that you are dealing with this issue at the moment. It does sound as if you are making really good strides and positive changes for your situation though, so I have not doubt that you will get this figured out!:)

I can't speak from experience on this, but I know that this concentration issue is common to both medication...and anxiety itself. Therefore, you may need to do some trial and error experimenting to find the right med for yourself.

See, if you go off of the Zoloft, and the concentration/retention issue resolves, that is good...but you may then want to find another SSRI that will help relieve the anxiety without the unwanted side effects.

You could also find that this is just the anxiety at work...no matter what medication you are on. I don't take meds, but find mental confusion a big symptom when my anxiety is high.

So you may just need to do some 'experimenting' to see what is ultimately going to work for you. Perhaps a consult with your doctor about your concerns could help. You may also want to inquire about a therapy referral if you have never done this. In this way, you may be able to manage your anxiety, without so much dependence on medication and the resulting side effects.

Keep posting here as well. This is a great place for support, information and sharing!:)

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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